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Edit Closed already, this went fast, thank you all very much! :hug: Some big cuddly plushies this round :aww:
I'm considering to open a short waiting list for those who just missed out on these slots. I would contact the first person on the list when a commission is completed, to see if they still want it, and if yes, to work on that one next. Does that sound good? I haven't had a waiting list before and I certainly don't want it longer than 3, maybe 5 people. If I do this and you're on the list, please reply within a week if you want the commission or not, so I can move on to the next. Input is welcome on this front c:

:la: Plush commissions are open now! :la:

Please send me a note to claim a slot! 5 slots are available, worth 2 plushies per slot per person. If you claim a slot, please be ready to pay (the first half) this week to confirm your commission. Thank you c:

Slots:
1. :iconlortsky: 45 cm brown fox OC, floppy, faux fur AND 30 cm Italian wolf Confirmed
2. :iconpastellepirate: 15 cm corrupted Jasper from SU, minky and faux fur (minus the green parts) Confirmed
3. :iconAbsurd-Gryphon: 30 cm dark grey/black cat OC AND 30 cm white griffin OC, floppy and faux fur  (no idea why this link remains broken...) Confirmed
4. :iconstenellya: 45 cm beech marten OC, floppy, faux fur Confirmed
5. :iconc-chimera: 30 cm unicorn/dog OC, floppy, faux fur Confirmed

Waiting list (closed now):
1. :iconplienuh: 11 cm Beanie of IRL dog, minky
2. :iconmjoelke: 21 cm fox OC, floppy, faux fur
3. :iconrewindgamer: 30 cm coyote OC, floppy, faux fur
4. :iconwesternfreckles: 21 cm cat OC, floppy, faux fur

Plushie prices start at €5 per cm, so you can get an idea of what yours may cost.

When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or black plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price). Shipping comes with a tracking code.
  €7 within The Netherlands
  €15 to European countries
  €24 to the rest of the world

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green and baby pink (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else. I reserve the right to refuse a commission request (but don't worry, that rarely happens)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Homemade Apple Sauce
  • Drinking: Tea
Edit! I created a countdown timer, which hopefully helps with the different timezone confusion and stuff!

www.timeanddate.com/countdown/…

Back from the USA :D It was awesome! It's been fantastic with the family <3 Wish we'd had more than a week though! Now that I'm back and the current plush commissions are almost done, it's time to open them again! I was thinking of next Thursday, 27 Oktober, at 5 PM CEST (Central European Summer Time). Sorry it's so soon already! I hope that doesn't cause inconveniences, we'll see how it goes :) Same rules as before, just please make sure you already have a quote, so you can decide in advance if you want to claim a slot or not. There will be 5 slots, worth 2 plushies per person per slot if so desired.

Plushie prices start at €5 per cm, so you can get an idea of what yours may cost.

When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or black plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green and baby pink (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else. I reserve the right to refuse a commission request (but don't worry, that rarely happens)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Homemade Apple Sauce
  • Drinking: Tea
Some updates on Nishicon, my visit to the USA, Inktober, new rats, and plush commissions :aww:
First off, Nishicon was nice! It was much smaller than Abunai! con, especially regarding the visitor numbers, but it was still a success. I met a couple of really nice people, which was honestly the highlight of the weekend. I've had a lot of fun! :D I had stickers, plush charms, notebooks, and plushies! Some Eeveelution plushies sold, as well as a Lion and Kurama. The others will be posted on Etsy when I return from the USA in the week of 23 October.

Which brings me to my second point: my family and I are going to Atlanta, GA, to visit our cousins for a week. :la: I think I'll have internet there, but how much time there'll be to use it I dunno xD I'm so excited and nervous, especially because of the loooooong plane flights, switching planes, and lots of waiting. I'll probably be a wreck when we arrive but whatever! I've been there before but that was like 5 years ago? So I'm super excited to see what it's like now and to document everything with my younger sister :giggle: Cameras at the ready!

Inktober is still going well, daily uploads are on my Instagram and Tumblr accounts and probably here after it's finished. Feel free to send prompts, suggestions for animals or fanart. I don't guarantee that I'll draw them, but some inspiration can definitely help :) Or to commission an inktober work of your own character(s) is also an option :)

You may know that I had 4 pet rats, and that by now, my two eldest have passed away. The younger ones are now 1 year old and I'm going to get two more youngsters after I come back from my vacation. They are just the cutest things <3 One of them I fell in love with instantly has white fur and dumbo ears, ruby-red eyes and a perfect grey little ferret mask on her face! She will be called 'Ruby', of course :heart: The other one I'm not sure which I can get, but she'll also be white with agouti or grey markings, depending on which one is available. I seriously cannot express my love for rats, they are simply wonderful :hug:

As for plush commissions, with things calming down convention-wise (I may still attend a one day con in November) I will be ready to accept new plush commissions after my vacation. :la: There are only two left, for Lortsky and dazethewolf, both of which I'm working on now. So yeah, it'll be fun to do some commissions again soon :D
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Homemade Apple Sauce
  • Drinking: Tea
In about an hour I'll be leaving for Nishicon in Almelo (NL)! :D I'm excited and nervous, because now my table is 2 m and I have a lot of new notebooks and plushies, including all of the Eeveelutions, Akamaru and Kurama from Naruto, and more! Please come say hi if you're going as well :aww: I'm also offering traditional art commissions on the spot c:

That is the reason I closed my Etsy shop for a few days: I wanted to make sure there would be no double-purchases or any other inconveniences. The shop will open again on the 10th.

I'm also doing Inktober again this year. :la: My submissions can be found on my Instagram www.instagram.com/kristel_stor… and Tumblr avanii.tumblr.com/ accounts, and I'm also accepting commissions for those. Just shoot me a note if you'd like one. I'll probably be able to reply after the weekend is over though!
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Apple Pie
  • Drinking: Water
Like the last few years, I'll be participating in the Inktober event, where you make traditional art (with ink c; ) everyday for the month of October. Now, this time October will be a very busy month for me but despite that I still want to do this! And to prevent myself from running out of ideas, I was thinking of doing some Inktober commissions! OCs, animals, anthro, fanart (if I know the series), maybe humans too. These will be done on A5 sturdy paper with any kind of wet medium (black ink, Copics, fine liners, ball point, fountain pen, brush pens, dip pen, fine brushes...), you can pick! These are to be black-and-white. If you'd like some colour or greyscale shading, please discuss this with me. You can choose the medium or let me decide. :D I can ship the original to you for a small post fee (no tracking). Would anyone be interested in this kind of commission? You can see my previous entries here: avanii.tumblr.com/tagged/inkto… That is the kind of quality you can expect c: Prices would range from €10 for a simple drawing to €30 with colours or background. Just shoot me your ideas and I'll let you know the price! These commissions are cheaper than usual, because of Inktober c: There are 31 slots, one for each day :la:
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Apple Pie
  • Drinking: Water
After Abunai!con was such a success, I really wanted to do it again. The opportunity to be a dealer at Nishicon in Amelo (a smaller con in the eastern part of The Netherlands) arose and I took it. It takes place from 7 - 9 October. :D I'm working very hard to make new plushies, notebooks, and other goodies to sell. I'll have a 2 meter table this time, so plenty of space! I'm also thinking of offering traditional commissions there, sketches and inked art, maybe with a bit of watercolour if I can spare the time. We'll see how it goes ^^ Please come say hi if you see me there :D

Because it is so soon already, I'm unable to open new slots for plush commissions in September as I had originally planned. I'm very sorry about that, but there is only so much I can do with the time I have and this con is a hard deadline ^^; I'm working on the commissions I already started so don't worry if that concerns you, there just won't be any new slots until halfway Oktober, after that con is over and probably after I'm back from a short trip to the USA.

Because yes! My family and I are going to visit our relatives in Atlanta, Georgia, in Oktober. Just one week since my siblings only have a week of autumn holiday, so it's gonna be intense :la: I'm super looking forward to it! Is there anyone from around there who has some tips on what to visit/do in that region? Any tips are welcome :D I've been there before, 5 years ago, but only for a few days so we didn't get to see much. Really not looking forward to that plane flight though, I really don't like aeroplanes. But! It won't stop me from going where I want! I'll just have to find some way to entertain myself during all those hours that doesn't include sewing... ^^;
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Watermelons
  • Drinking: Water
Edit Most leftover plushies have been added to my Etsy shop :D Please have a look! The few that are not yet there need better photos, which I will take this weekend, after which they will be listed on Etsy as well ^^

www.etsy.com/shop/AvaniiPlush

In one word: Awesome :la: This was. so. GOOD! Like wow, I didn't expect this overwhelming amount of positivity! I had a great time being a dealer with :iconcyanfox3: at her table. We had a great spot in the dealerroom from which we could see the people walking around in the main hallway. The temperatures were super high, so wearing even a light cosplay (I was dressed as Lapis Lazuli from SU the first 2 days) or just plain clothes was almost too much, but it was worth it! All these people were so nice! The reactions to our plushies especially were just, ahhhh, so sweet :heart: All of the Eeveelution plushies sold out, as well as the bigger fire kitsune, one of the cats, and some foxes. The Lions were picked up and aww'ed a lot, but in the end none of them sold. Still, I didn't expect to sell this many plushies! Surely they are all in a loving new home now <3 The stickers did a little less well than I hoped, but still they helped out and I had a lot of fun making them, so it's all right! So many people chatted with us, so many amazing cosplayers were there (and being the big SU fangirl that I am, seeing any SU cosplayer made me so happy, haha), I had so much fun together with Moniek (I will not forget those wraps...), and it felt so surreal to be recognised by people who follow me on DA or Instagram! That made me ridiculously happy :D Hard to believe it's already over. I'd love to be a dealer at a convention again! Right now, I'm putting together the listings on Etsy for the plushies that didn't sell. I'll put up another journal when they all go live, so you won't miss it :D It'll be tomorrow though! It's a lot of work.

I just. Gosh. I haven't felt this great in a long time. What a surge of creativity and confidence this gives you. I suppose I needed it ^^;
I'm picking up commissions again, so those who are still waiting on their plushies can be assured that I'm working on them again. New commission slots will open in September, but I'm not sure exactly when yet! Soon, I hope ^^

Unfortunately I wasn't able to take many photos at all, but I have these two in which you can see me (and Moniek) at our table!
www.instagram.com/p/BJlnJCPhIj…
www.instagram.com/p/BJpZ7rmhTg…

If anyone happens to have photos of me, I'd love to see them :D I know I've been photographed quite a few times as Lapis xD
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Unnatural Creatures - Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Watermelons
  • Drinking: Water
I'm about to leave and I don't know if I'll be able to log in to DA again until the weekend is over! Abunai! con is about to happen and I'm sooooo excited :la: Come visit me at CyanFox Designs' table in the dealer room :D I have lots of stickers and plushies (photos of most of them are on my Instagram www.instagram.com/kristel_stor… and there I'll post some pics of the con as well, I think)! Have a great weekend everyone!
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Watermelons
  • Drinking: Water
If I take long to reply to messages/finish work/make and send photos of commissions I apologise in advance. I just started a 2 week job in an archaeological company (what I do all day is sieving sand and digging holes, not much research unfortunately but I knew that in advance) and while I'm very happy I got the job, it completely exhausts me both mentally and especially physically :faint: So I can hardly hold a needle or pencil at the moment because my arms are shaking xD I'm free in the weekends, so that's when most of the work will be done. Because I also still have many preparations to do for Abunai! con at the end of August! My planning is completely overboard now so please bear with me ^^; Commissions are on hold until I have more time, in a few weeks (I will note the individual commissioners when I have finished their plush and photographed it). I'm sorry about that, but I simply cannot physically handle it right now. Feel free to ask me questions about the status of your commission though, but as said before, I may take a bit longer to reply than usual. I hope you understand :3
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Go
  • Eating: Melons
  • Drinking: Tea
All slots are filled, thank you very much :D Looks like a lot of fun again this round! You can still ask for quotes but I won't be accepting more commissions for this round, sorry! Next round will be next Autumn <3

It is time! :D :la: There are 3 slots this time, so I can work on commissions and pre-mades at the same time. Max. 2 plushies per person per slot, so if you want more than 2 you'll need to claim more slots. It will be first come, first served. Claiming can only be done through notes. It would be best if you have a quote beforehand, so you can forward our conversation and claim your slot smoothly. Plushie prices are roughly €5 per cm, so you can get an idea of what yours may cost.

When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or black plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green and baby pink (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else. I reserve the right to refuse a commission request (but don't worry, that rarely happens)

I'm looking forward to making more cute animal and character plushies :D

SLOTS:
1. 45 cm floppy faux fur plush for xPvnk of (feral, no piercing)
2. 30 cm silver fox Jojo floppy faux fur plush and 35 cm marble fox Trots floppy faux fur plush for Lortsky
3. 11 cm minky Beanie for B0RZOI of .: Samm - Reference Sheet 2017 :. by B0RZOI (no wings)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Starting with the plushies! By now the April batch is nearing completion, so very soon I will be ready to open up a new round of plushie commissions! :D I'm thinking either Thursday or Friday next week, but I will update as soon as I have picked a day and time! As for the current commissions...
The plushies of thesadcarrot, PoonieFox , and Sammy of onlyhalfpigeon are done and need their photos taken.
The plushies of xPikamaster and Pixel from ranalligator are almost done (stuffing is almost done and then the embroidery, eyes, and other details will be added)
Only Glitch from onlyhalfpigeon is not started yet, because I want to try out a new technique on a test plush first (since I now have a sewing machine I have a few more options).

I have also been working hard on premade Beanies (mostly gemstone inspired foxes and tanuki) which I have decided I will upload here after all. At first I was not going to until close to Abunai! con in August but the pictures are piling up and if anyone wants to snatch up a Beanie before they go to the convention it will be possible too! I just won't list most of them on Etsy. But you can always send a note with an offer if you see one you'd like to buy :D

Then a life update. The most notable thing that happened since last journal is the passing of Suki, one of my rats... She was 2,3 years old and her hind legs were paralysed. In the week after my birthday she stopped eating and not much later I had her taken to the vet to be put to sleep. It was my first time, and it was tough, especially because I was alone (I like living alone but at such moments... not so much). She lies buried in my uncle's large garden, with a boulder placed on top with the same colours she had. I was very sad, but I'm also at peace with it. Rats don't live long and it was clearly her time to go. I wouldn't have missed out on her for the world though, she and my 3 other rats are so sweet and gentle, they really brighten up my life. :heart:

Aside from that, things have been calm. I've been studying and sewing and repeating this every day xD I'd love to go on a short vacation abroad but I am not sure where to, as my dream destinations are either unaffordable right now (Iceland and the Nordic countries), or uncomfortable in summer high season (certain Italian cities such as Florence, Sienna, Pisa, Venice)... I also haven't had any luck getting into a university excavation either so uh, yeah... Could be better in that regard xD

I do want to try my hand at wire wrapping gems/cabochons for pendants. I have quite a few here that I think would be wonderful pendants, but I haven't yet found the right sort of wires nor a specific method I want to try. It will happen sometime this summer, I'm sure! Enough to do, that's certain :)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Thank you for the birthday wishes :heart: I really appreciated it! It was a great day, with family, friends, and cool presents! Because I was given a sewing machine! That was a total surprise I did not see coming at all! It's a Toyota JCB15, a simple, mechanical sewing machine. Seems like a starter's model, which is fine. I was already saving up to buy a machine so I can increase plush production and make clothes as well, so I'm gonna be practising lots to get the hang of this! Since I'll be co-dealing at Abunai! con this August with CyanFox3 it will certainly help me make enough Beanie plushies to sell there and on Etsy :D Most faux fur plushies will still be hand sewn, except for some parts like ears and tails, which may be simple enough to do with a machine :) Let's see what I can do with this, I'm super excited!

Plushie commissions are closed still

Current slots:
1.
xPikamaster Faux fur Dragon OC. 35 cm. imgur.com/DNM4otd Paid! Sewing of body 2/3 done, wings are done.
2. onlyhalfpigeon Minky plushies, 25 cm, of Sammy the dog and Glitch the fantasy critter. Half paid! Sammy almost done sewing, Glitch not started yet.
3. thesadcarrot Minky Beanie of Imo the collie/raptor mix Imo Paid! Sewing half done
4. ranalligator Faux fur 25 cm plushies of Pixel the angel cat (wings made of minky) ranalligator.weebly.com/pixel.… and Lou the white lion (bandaid of minky included) ranalligator.weebly.com/lou.ht… Paid! Pixel body 2/3 done, wings wings are done. Lou pattern finished.
5. PoonieFox Faux fur 35 cm plushie of Diffy the dog. Half paid! Almost ready for stuffing.
From last batch still 1 remaining (prefers to stay anonymous for now) working on pattern.

Although commissions are closed, you can still ask me for a price quote. In that case, please send me a note with the following info:

- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or black plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Plushie prices are roughly €5 per cm, so you can get an idea of what yours may cost. Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Plushie ommissions are CLOSED now as all slots have filled up. Thank you very much :D You can still ask for quotes of course, but I cannot accept more commissions. Next opening will be somewhere in Summer, possibly June, but I cannot promise that.

Edit: Now accepting 5 commission slots! :D First come, first served. Maximum of 2 plushies per slot per person. You can claim multiple slots if you want more than 2 plushies. Please note me to claim a slot. I expect at least part of the payment this week to confirm your slot (the sooner, the better). Good luck! :D

SLOTS:
1.
xPikamaster Faux fur Dragon OC. 35 cm. imgur.com/DNM4otd Confirmed and paid!
2. onlyhalfpigeon Minky plushies, 25 cm, of Sammy the dog and Glitch the fantasy critter. Confirmed and half paid!
3. thesadcarrot Minky Beanie of Imo the collie/raptor mix Imo Confirmed and paid!
4. ranalligator Faux fur 25 cm plushies of Pixel the angel cat (wings made of minky) ranalligator.weebly.com/pixel.… and Lou the white lion (bandaid of minky included) ranalligator.weebly.com/lou.ht… Confirmed and paid!
5. PoonieFox Faux fur 35 cm plushie of Diffy the dog. Confirmed and half paid!

There will be 5 slots, like before. Each person can order up to 2 plushies per slot. If you want more, you will have to claim another slot. It will be first come, first served. Claiming can only be done through notes. It would be best of you have a quote beforehand, so you can forward our conversation and claim your slot smoothly. Plushie prices are roughly €5 per cm, so you can get an idea of what yours may cost.

When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or black plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green and baby pink (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else.

Current commission list (these have priority over the new ones):
1. 11 cm Beanie lynx Mars for coonuki DONE, 25 cm Wolfclaw and Maxe sewing in process. Fully paid.
2. 30 cm floppy Xana dog for Xana-Akai Sewing in process. Half paid. (second plush not started yet)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
I have received a few questions about what you can and cannot do with the plushies I make in terms of cleaning, sleeping with them et cetera. I answered on Tumblr, and have copied it to post it here as well. :)

Cleaning (dry)

I recommend using a clean comb to get your plush look like new. Especially if they do not have any stains from dirt/food or something this is the best and easiest way. With longer faux fur you can also style it with combing. But please be gentle. Some loose fibres may come off, this is normal. You can comb all kinds of faux furs and minky, no matter if they have painted details or not. You’ll probably want to do this if they arrive looking a bit ruffled up :) You can get very far by simply petting them with clean hands though, especially for the minky plushies this is usually enough to make them look neat.

Cleaning (wet)

Okay, this is a little more tricky. If your plush has NO Copic shading (alcohol-based ink), you can use a damp cloth to wipe off any grime. Watered down detergents on a damp cloth to wipe off dirt can ONLY be used in areas where there are NO painted details! Detergents + Copic = trouble! Just water and Copic is generally fine, EXCEPT for the pure black ink. I don’t know why this is. The dark brown left no trace when I wiped a damp cloth over it, but black stained the cloth immediately. When in doubt, don’t do it, or test on a small area first. Do not soak the plush completely and NEVER put it in a washing machine or dryer! This will ruin it. Comb the fur back into shape when it is (almost) dry. None of this affects the softness or texture of the fabrics.

Sleeping and playing with plushies

Generally, I think sleeping with them is fine. You should be a little more careful with plushies with glass eyes, simply because those are more vulnerable. If you know you move around a lot or squeeze your plushies in your sleep, it is not advisable to sleep with them (much) to keep them in top shape. Due to the handmade nature of these (every one is hand sewn) they are more vulnerable than most store-bought plushies. Don’t bend them extensively or pull on ears/tails/fur. They should be able to handle that, but it is better to be safe than sorry. I test them for this, but still. Lots of sleeping or playing with plushies may make the stuffing shift place a bit, resulting in shoulders that are no longer stuffed, for example. I can’t help that, it’s just something you should be aware of, and decide for yourself whether you mind or not :) For plushies that are stiffer and stand up by themselves, I recommend that you do not sleep with them in your arms, but rather to place them on a shelf or at the corner of your bed where they will be safe :)

Sunlight, kids, wired tails, and other last remarks

I would advise you to keep the plushies out of direct sunlight to preserve their colours. This goes for both plushies with Copic markings as well as those without. Due to the handmade nature and the frequency with which I use glass eyes, my plushies are not suitable for small children or pets. They are not made for rough play and will probably not last long in such situations. Wired tails and horns have pipecleaners inside. These are metal wires covered with synthetic fuzz/fur. You can bend them, but please do so moderately. Excessive bending might break them. They should not get wet either.

Generally please be gentle is the best advise!

When you buy or commission a plush from me, you always get a note with some details on the materials used. It will always say what the eyes are made of, if there is Copic shading on the plush, and if there are wired parts. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions :) I hope this helps!

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As for the experiment I did, I took some photos for you to see.
IMG 20160305 144538 zpswmak0ciw by Avanii Here we see the test pieces. Long haired cream, two white minky pieces and a white faux fur, regular length. The Copic had been applied more than 24 hours before the testing began, so it had thoroughly dried. The rightmost black on the lowest faux fur is craft store fabric marker.

IMG 20160306 130932 zpsworb0pow by Avanii After an hour of soaking and several hours of drying and combing, this is what came out of the baths. The upper and middle right fabrics had been placed in hot water with detergents. The middle left and lower fabrics had been placed in hot water only (hot as in, doing-the-dishes hot, around 40 ºC). As you can see, the detergents have removed almost all of the Copic shading. They cannot be used together! The hot water had no effect on the dark brown and very little on the reddish browns. The black fabric marker seems unaffected also. But black Copic marker did bleed. So be careful with water, but it can be used :)

And for some combing examples, Lion is willing to show how that goes:
IMG 20160306 131100 zpsaefbynrr by Avanii (Such a messy mane and tail!) IMG 20160306 131155 zpscsq6vqys by Avanii (combing gently with a clean comb I use only for plushies) IMG 20160306 131444 zpssnhshcgo by Avanii (all done, nice and neat!)
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Fell - David ClementDavies
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
::Edit::
All slots are taken. Thank you guys :D
Looks like a lot of fun characters again this round!

It is time! :D I will be accepting 5 new commission slots starting now! It will be as before, 5 people can claim a slot, worth of a maximum of 2 plushies per person so as to save on shipping. Please make sure you already have a quote so things go more smoothly. Just forwarding our conversation with a comment that you want to claim the slot is enough. I know there are a few interested people from Etsy and Instagram, so I suspect it will fill up fast. First come, first serve. We'll see how it goes :D (Big Grin) Good luck! I'm very excited to see which characters I get to make this time :D

Slots:
1. 30 cm floppy dog Snow EDITED Updated Snow reference by Savkate for Savkate Confirmed and Paid. Sewing in process.
2. 40 cm floppy raccoon Meeko Coonuki Design by Avanii by coonuki and 11 cm Beanie lynx Mars Mars Full Reference by coonuki for coonuki Confirmed and half Paid. Mars pieces are cut out an ready for sewing.

3. 25 cm floppy badger Starlight Original By Snaiul by trik-s for trik-s Confirmed and Paid. Sewing in process.
4. 20 cm floppy corgi dog Thorin Screenshot (3) by Alley96 for Alley96 Confirmed and Paid. Sewing in process.
5. 30 cm floppy Xana dog  USE THIS FOR THE SIZE OF HER TAIL by Xana-Akai and 25 cm floppy James dog James (3) by Xana-Akai for Xana-Akai Confirmed and half paid. Materials for Xana are here and now pattern needs to be made.

I'll put this info here again for convenience, if you would like to know how much a certain plush will cost :) (Smile)
When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else.

As for the plush current commissions, all are finished except for these (they will take precedence over the new commissions, but since they are nearing completion, that shall not take long)
- 11 cm bird monster Fen and 30/35 cm Barasva OC in minky for KngCorvidae Fen is DONE, the other plush is being sewn/pattern needs some adjustments.
The two art commissions I have not yet started on, but will do so soon.
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
EDIT - The time is now 2 PM CET instead of 1. Sorry for the confusion!
The announcement for the first batch of 2016 plush commissions is here :D I will be accepting 5 new commissions on 26 January, which is one week from now! Opening time will be 2 PM CET (Central European Time). If this time is very inconvenient based on your location, please let me know, and I may change the hour. It will be as before, 5 people can claim a slot, worth of a maximum of 2 plushies per person so as to save on shipping. Please make sure you already have a quote so things go more smoothly. I know there are a few interested people from Etsy and Instagram, so I suspect it will fill up fast. We'll see how it goes :D

As for the plush current commissions, all are finished except for these (they will take precedence over the new commissions, but since they are nearing completion, that shall not take long)
- 21 cm faux fur teddy Quinn for MrGremble Almost completely put together. Needs one arm attached and trimming/shading.
- 30 cm floppy faux fur Tokota OC for Hlaorith Ready for stuffing, after that eyes and mouth need to be attached, fur trimmed, and some areas shaded.
- 20 cm faux fur standing spotted skunk for naox Sewing almost done.
- 11 cm bird monster Fen and 30/35 cm Barasva OC in minky for KngCorvidae Fen is DONE, the other plush is being sewn/pattern needs some adjustments.

The two art commissions I have not yet started on, but will do so soon. The past week was finals hell and this week is busy too, with one exam left (Medieval Latin) but more important choices to be made regarding the coming semester at uni. I just don't know what I want and it stresses me out greatly... I will try and get an appointment with the studies director and discuss this with him. I need to be more decisive! But in order to make proper choices, I need to have more information. And that is where things go awry. I'll get through this (I have to hah), but thinking about the future still is a little 'scary', especially since time flies so fast!

I'll put this info here again for convenience, if you would like to know how much a certain plush will cost :)
When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum (this is very important!!)
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair, combinations)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

Typically, price quotes are for a plush without any accessories. Please tell me if you want me to make a clothing article, necklace or whatever, as this will cost extra. I cannot do every kind of accessories, like metallic piercings, but these things can be discussed.

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: And please remember, I have hardly any unnatural faux furs, so characters with (many of) these colours will either have to be made in minky or declined. I'm sorry, but my stocks are super full and I have not found any really good faux fur with such colours, nor do I really want to buy many of these. I do actually have a mid green (long) and deep purple (medium), but nothing else.

I think that's all :D The coming days I will upload many plush photos, as there is quite a pile of them again ^^;
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Happy new year everyone! :la:
These past two weeks I worked very hard to finish all Pokemon plush commissions, which means that there are not many commissions left. Before I open up again, I would like to start one or two pre-mades to put up for sale once they are done, and this is where you guys come in! I was thinking of making at least one goat plush. But what pose? What colours/markings? I want it to have horns and probably floppy ears, but I am not sure if I should make it standing firmly (like the previous goats I made) or make it more cuddly, but then probably unable to stand up. Adult goat or a kid? Both are so cute! For the other plush, I have not decided yet! I was thinking maybe a lynx, but any suggestions are welcome ^^

As for 2015, might as well put somethings down before I forget it, heh. Briefly. All in all, 2015 was a pretty good year for me, more ups than downs. There were some bad things, such as the passing of my paternal grandma (though not unexpected), and some generally horrible time management from me in my studies. But good things were plentiful too! I got accepted into the research master at my university, which I worked hard for! In the second half of this year I made more friends and learned a lot of social skills, haha. I got 2 baby rats to bring my little rat family to 4 members, all of them so cute and sweet :heart: I also really got into mineral collecting (oh my god I have a collector's heart give me all the rocks) and an ever increasing fascination with plants (succulents in particular, but not exclusively). And I got really into Steven Universe as well, it has been a long time since I was so fond of a show for so long! I cannot even begin to describe how much I love that cartoon, damn. My art and plush techniques improved and I learned how to use a sewing machine to make clothing of my own, which I used for a couple of cons. One of these cons, Abunai! was great as last year, wonderful experience with friends and as a cosplayer I got so much lovely feedback, it made me feel so good. Plush commissions also really became something I can count on, which is great! I also did extracurricular courses to broaden my academic knowledge further (which I wanted to do for a few years already). I did not manage to get a job (I do some volunteer study-related work though) nor travel at all so that's something for this year.
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
But mostly about plush commissions haha, oh and I got tagged, so that follows after. But first of all, happy holidays everyone! May 2016 bring you all the best <3

Recently more people have messaged me about when plush commissions will open again. I cannot give you an exact date yet, but it will be early next year, in either January or February 2016. It will be like last time, a few slots will be available, and people can message me to claim one. Most preferably you would have your quote and information ready, so it can be confirmed quickly :) Which brings me to the next part: asking for price quotes.

When sending a note for a plush price quote please include:
- Character or animal references. I need to be able to see what they look like from various angles if the design is complicated.
- What size you want, measured nose to bum
- Desired pose (you can link to earlier plush for example)
- Preference for materials (minky, faux fur, mohair)
- Preference for eye and nose type (glass or safety eyes, embroidered or plastic nose)
- Your country (to give shipping price)

I need this information. So please fill out this form when sending a note. It saves us both a lot of time. c: I mention this again because it did not get included in last journal and so incomplete requests were sent. This time, I am more clear I hope :) Please give me a few days to write a reply...

The prices have increased a bit since that old guide from 2013. I still calculate based on size first, and am now using a €5 per cm guideline. This hopefully gives you an idea of what to expect. It is more in line with what my fellow plush artists charge and what my time and skills are worth now, not to mention material costs, which increased yet again unfortunately.

But to recap, plush commissions are NOT open yet! This is just so you can maybe prepare if you want one <3

Commission status:
- 21 cm faux fur Cross fox OC for Rajakaen DONE and shipped
- Beanie minky canine puppy OC for Etsy customer DONE and shipped
- 30 cm Teddy Braixen and 25 cm Furret, both faux fur, for xxtemporaryinsanity Both almost done
- Realistic faux fur 20 cm Zigzagoon & 25 cm Linoone plushies for ranukii Linoone almost done, Zigzagoon sewing in process
- 21 cm faux fur teddy Quinn for MrGremble Head almost done, the rest is still in pieces
- 30 cm floppy faux fur Tokota OC for Hlaorith Sewing in process
- 21 cm faux fur realistic Meowth for Etsy customer. Sewing in process
- 20 cm faux fur standing spotted skunk for naox All pieces cut out, not yet sewn anything
- 11 cm bird monster Fen and 30/35 cm Barasva OC in minky for KngCorvidae Fen is DONE, the other plush not yet started (needs new pattern)

And right, I got tagged as well, so here goes! (tagged by miriatza)

1) First pet? (breed, species, name)
A white rabbit with blue eyes named Witje ("little white"). I got her when I was 6 years old I believe <3
2) You're favourite music genre?
Hmm, I listen to many things, but instrumental music is probably my fave (movie soundtracks, some classical music as well). I also really like celtic inspired music a lot.
3) strangest saying youve ever said?
I am not sure I understand this question ^^; And it would probably not translate to English very well sooo...
4) scariest situation you'de never want to be in -spoookyyy-
Scary as in the not-fun kind I assume. Well, anything concerning uncontrolled fire really.
5) ever tripped in public? what's your worst trip?
Oh yes. I am very clumsy (though I rarely actually fall). Tbh I don't remember exact situations, but I know that I slipped awkwardly a few times when the ground was frozen/covered in snow. Either on foot or by bike...
6) Would you like some preety flowers? =^.^=
Sure! I love plants a lot
7) Snow, or no snow?
No thanks. I only like snow if I can watch it from inside and don't have to go anywhere. I'm not a winter person at all.
8) Favourite beverage?
Tea! No contest xD Second comes water, and that is practically all I drink.
9) If you were any animal what wouldd you be?
Oh boy, I have wondered this so many times myself... A cat maybe? Or a deer? I dunno really (which is why my 'fursona' is a shapeshifter based on various animals)
10) Why would you be that animal?
Hhhhh, I guess because personality wise I am pretty cat-like, but I don't like meat so that's a problem xD A deer maybe because I am often a bit nervous and quick to run away when I get scared, like a deer. But yea I dunno man
11) Youre number one fan pair is?
Relating to fandoms? I don't ship anything at all. I have zero interest in romantic shipping. I am, however, very invested in friendships and family ties. If it's well-written, I'm there for it c:
12) Favourite fruit!
Mango! And Elstar apples. And melons, and....
13) Aaand, have a merry christmas! Willl you enjoy it? :) (Smile)
Thanks :D Yes probably, we're going to visit my grandparents and I love them a lot, so I'm sure it will be nice.
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale (
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Edit
Plush commissions are now closed: all slots have been filled up! Thank you very much :D
PLUSH COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN :D :la: It is first come, first serve. I'm very sorry, but I cannot do reservations for slots to keep things fair. Please make sure you have a quote already, it makes things much easier for all of us :) I have no idea how fast this may fill up!

Some practical things:

- if you would like to have your plush made, please forward the note conversation we had, so all info is already in one place.
- Please note me for anything related to plush commissions, pricing, or getting a plush made. I do not give quotes via comments.
- You can pay in 2 parts or in one. I require at least half of the agreed price before I get started on the plush and the commission is confirmed.
- There will be 5 slots. You can commission multiple plushies at once, or combine a commission with one of the pre-mades in my shop to save on shipping. Slots are per person.
- Shipping is €7 inside The Netherlands, €15 inside Europe, and €24 to the rest of the world. This includes a tracking number and priority shipping.  Customers living near the north of the Netherlands can also choose to pick up their plush in person if they prefer, in which case there are no shipping costs of course. :)

I think that's it! There are still a couple of plush photos I need to upload and a handful of the older batch that are near completion, so there is room for more. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :)

Slots (closed now):
1. 21 cm faux fur Cross fox OC for Rajakaen
2. Realistic faux fur 20 cm Zigzagoon & 25 cm Linoone plushies for ranukii
3. 30 cm floppy faux fur Tokota OC for Hlaorith
4. 20 cm faux fur standing spotted skunk for naox
5. Beanie canine puppy OC for Etsy customer
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Undertale (
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea
Yesssss it is October which means I am doing Inktober again! A daily inked drawing, all traditional and sometimes with added colours of ecoline, Copic markers, as long is it is some kind of ink! I post them daily on my Instagram and Tumblr (tagged as Inktober and Inktober2015), and my favourites will probably end up in my gallery here as well. Please have a look if you like, and let me know if you're doing it too :D Prompts and suggestions are welcome regarding my own characters, (fantasy) animals or fanart (especially Steven Universe and Pokemon). They are not free art requests though, so please no Ocs that do not belong to me.

As for when plush commissions will open again, well, I have good news! Apparently I will have 3 weeks without lectures starting October 19, so that is the week when I will be accepting new commissions! I will post a journal when they open for real, and if you guys want I can post up a warning journal before that. As you may have noticed, I have gotten a lot more commission requests than before and I simply cannot do them all as they take so much time. It also means that I am going to raise my prices a bit to make up for that (and I have also noticed that my prices are rather low compared to many of my peers, and since I have a lot of experience now, I think it is fair to charge for it). If you have gotten a quote from me in September or October, don't worry, that one is still valid. If your quote is older than that, you may want to have it re-evaluated. A new price chart is also in the workings and I try to get it done before opening again!

Thank you all for your patience and support, I really appreciate it :D
  • Listening to: 8tracks mixes
  • Reading: His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Pokemon Omega Ruby (omg I love this game)
  • Eating: Apples
  • Drinking: Tea